27° 26' South
153° 4' East
2300 Alongside - Weather clear skies, Wind SW 7 knots, Swell nil, Temperature 22 degrees, Barometer 1017 hpa
Ahoy there everyone,
Welcome to Young Endeavour's seventh voyage for 2011. Our journey commences in Brisbane and concludes in Airlie Beach. We have a magnificent tall ship, forecast wind for our sails and the Queensland coast to explore. The potential is limitless and sense of adventure is infectious.

To facilitate our adventure under sail, it is an honour to introduce the ten Staff Crew that will guide and shape our voyage during the next 11days:

Captain Damien
Sail Master Tug
Navigator Matt
Watch Officer Kristy
Red Watch Leader Penny
White Watch Leader Carly
Assistant White Watch Leader Leon
Blue Watch Leader Guv
Chef Squizz
Engineer Josh

Voyage 07/11 officially commenced at 1500 today when 24 Youth Crew (12 females and 12 males) from across Australia embarked in Young Endeavour berthed at Bulimba, Brisbane. Once all possessions had been stowed, all hands were mustered on deck for a welcome address, staff introductions were conducted before friends and family were emotionally farewelled.

The Youth Crew under the direction of their watch leaders, conducted ship familiarisation and a number of introduction activities to integrate the members of each watch. Once completed the first of many very tasty meals crafted by master chef Squizz was consumed. After dinner, voyage expectations, requirements and safety aspects for the next 11 days onboard were discussed. Then without further ado, some nerves, a few jelly like legs, a great deal of courage and a lot of determination every single member of our new team proceeded aloft onto the foremast for their first night climb. The surrounding view of the Brisbane River from the topgallant yard was inspiring.

I am very pleased to report that all of the Youth Crew performed extremely well on their first day and I am from the outset impressed with both their individual efforts and team attitude. After having a celebratory hot chocolate followed by a 90 second shower, each has now turned in for a well deserved first night sleep in Young Endeavour.

Tomorrow morning we will awake at 0630, before departing Bulimba Wharf in the forenoon exiting the Brisbane River into Moreton Bay and shaping a course north.

Until tomorrow evening, take care.

Yours Aye

Captain Damien